The words I’ve heard most often in the last week are these: “I just don’t know.” From friends, co-workers, family, church leaders, business owners, online content creators and strangers in line at the store, we’re all there.
How much toilet paper do I really need? How long is this pandemic going to last? What happens if my family catches the virus? What if all the stores run out of food? What if my employer sends everyone home and I don’t get a paycheck? How am I going to manage working full time while my kids are out of school?
You probably know by now how much I love the book of Proverbs. The practical advice in those verses gives me direction and helps me to respond in a way that’s usually the opposite of my natural reaction. I asked myself, “I wonder what Proverbs has to say about this season of fear and uncertainty we’re experiencing?” and the reading for March 14 – Proverbs 14 – answered that question.
Verse 15: The simple believes everything, but the prudent gives thought to his steps.
Application: Don’t believe everything you hear. Consider the source. Remember that God is more powerful than the news. Don’t buy a million rolls of toilet paper because the person in line next to you loaded up their cart, but do buy toilet paper if you’re running low!
Verse 23: In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty.
Application: Don’t spend all day scrolling Facebook or engaging in anxious talk about the future with your friends and family. Get your work done! Clean your house. Make supper. Organize a closet. Work brings profit – maybe not monetary profit, but the benefit of the tasks you accomplished.
The result is found in verse 26: In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge.
The application of verses 15 and 23 might be different for you, but the truth of the Scripture remains. Strong confidence and a place of refuge can be ours when we fear the Lord.
I’m dealing with the temptation to worry and fret – and honestly, to be frustrated at how these events have changed our lives so quickly. I’m so thankful for the wisdom in God’s Word that helps me to do the right thing. I’m logging out of Facebook during the day, listening to a lot of worship music and asking God for grace to help me point others to the hope of Jesus Christ in these uncertain times.
If you are feeling overwhelmed or paralyzed by fear, please let me know how I can pray for you. Send me an email or a DM on Instagram. This is impacting all of us and I care deeply about you! ❤
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